JUST IN: Officers reveal details of note found in Vegas gunman’s hotel room

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New details have emerged about a note that police officers found when they stormed into Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Sunday evening, just minutes after he concluded his murderous rampage upon a crowd of over 20,000 people attending an outdoor concert.

Some of the police officers who first entered Paddock’s room tell what they saw in an exclusive interview on “60 Minutes” with CBS news correspondent Bill Whitaker, scheduled to air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

CBS reported Saturday evening that during the interview, officers described finding a note in Paddock’s hotel room, which included his hand-written calculations about exactly where he need to aim toward the concert, in order to kill as many people as possible.

According to Officer Dave Newton, the note was left on the killer’s nightstand, near one of the windows which Paddock had smashed with a hammer in order to fire upon the crowd below, only 400 yards away.

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,” Newton said. “So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”

The officers had used an explosive to blow the door open, in order to enter the room, which set off a fire alarm in the room. The flashing lights on the fire alarm, and the dust in the room from the explosive was described by Newton.

“Very eerie. Yeah, the dust from the explosive breach. And then you have the flashing lights,” Newton said. “And that looked straight, like, out of a movie, you know?”

The officers were the first ones to see Paddock’s body lying on the floor, and the arsenal of weapons and ammunition he had stockpiled in the room.

Paddock had reportedly taken his own life when he realized officers were about to enter the room.

He had slaughtered a total of 58 innocent lives, and wounded almost 500 more.  As of Saturday morning, about 60 victims were still hospitalized, with over 20 in critical condition.

 

 

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